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Should voters in the UK have a final vote on the Brexit deal?
The negative practicalities of running a referendum do not warrant going through one again.
If the UK voted instead to remain in a second referendum, then
it would lose the special concessions agreed between Cameron and the EU before the 2016 referendum.
There may not be sufficient time to get a post-legislative referendum in place before the proposed exit in March 2019.
The issue with offering those three options is that it is heavily weighted in the remain side’s favour as the leave vote will be split and therefore more than likely result in remain winning.
There would be a significant problem caused if turnout were lower than the previous referendum. If fewer people voted than the previous referendum it would remain unclear as to whether this would provide a legitimate mandate for overturning the first.
If we had a second referendum based on outcome of negotiations, there would be little inclination from the eu to negotiate a workable deal.
The last referendum was an unpleasant, divisive, all-consuming ordeal. Citizens will not want to be subjected to all of that again.
A referendum is expensive. It is risky to make one if there are good chances the result won't change. And based on how the government embraced Brexit, this is quite likely.
Business hates uncertainty. A referendum continues that uncertainty.
The negative practicalities of Brexit do not warrant going through with it if public opinion has changed.